Our brilliant volunteers work tirelessly to support, fund, and deliver the essential work of our Charity. Recognised for their exceptional and varied work by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they are a key part of everything that we achieve today.
As a Scottish Seabird Centre volunteer you can contribute your time and expertise in a myriad of different ways. This includes:
- Visitor experience - welcoming customers to the Centre and helping to showcase Scotland's amazing marine environment.
- Conservation - you can get involved supporting some of our practical conservation and engagement activities including habitat management, nature restoration, citizen science and beach cleans.
- Events - supporting our team with the set up, welcome and support to participants in our programme of events from "Meet the Scientists" to "Seabird Socials".
- Education / Outreach - support our learning team as they develop educatonal resources and workshops, lead engagement sessions outdoors and inspire people to get involved.
- Business support - behind the scenes we need help with different activities which range from membership engagement, fundraising support and maintenance through to developing our strategic approach and marketing and communications.
QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE
Our long serving volunteers were awarded with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their exceptional work over the first 20 years of our Charity's life!
Former chair of the volunteer group, Mrs Sandy Forrest said:
“This is just an amazing award, and totally unexpected. The volunteers really enjoy helping at the Scottish Seabird Centre as we have such a varied experience, from assisting with school groups; to meeting visitors from the local area and from other countries of the world; and getting involved with the conservation and environmental activities so valuable to our community. We particularly appreciate working with a young, committed staff who make it possible for us to support them in their endeavours.”
FIND OUT MORE - VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
Being inclusive is very important to us. We warmly welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds to our team and you will receive a warm welcome and support from our team and the core volunteer group. Whether you just have an occasional hour or wish to contribute on a more regular basis, we will do our best to match your interests and time with the volunteering opportunities which are available.
You can find out more about the range of activities our volunteers are involved with below, by reading our Volunteer Handbook, or contacting us directly.
We have opportunities to support our marine conservation projects around the Firth of Forth. Find out more about how you can get involved in SOS Puffin, Restoration Forth or Citizen Science activties below.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH - FIND OUT MORE
We have a range of ways in which you can support our education and outreach activities including supporting our outdoor nature-based sessions, development of physical and digital learning resources, and support for our outreach sessions in schools and at science and community festivals.
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING - FIND OUT MORE
We're always delighted to discuss opportunities for corporate volunteering - individual or team building days. Find out more about these opportunities and the feedback provided from previous volunteers.